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How to Tame a Jar of Coconut Oil

November 28, 2017

By Joan Mc Daniel                 November 28, 2017

Some Helpful Hints

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I have decided to spend a little space and time, talking about the short cuts or helpful hints I have gathered along the way.  The first hint covers my favorite food —- Coconut Oil.

I am so fond of Coconut Oil, I call the site CoconutCreamCare. I list 50 Uses of Coconut Oil and provide the link to  Carolyn Dean’s 1001 Uses for Coconut Oil.

When I began the experiment of eating natural food to regain my health and strength, Coconut Oil was my very first superfood. When I finally tried it, my body screamed back “This is Good, GIVE ME MORE!!”.

I got started by using coconut oil to help me tame my Candida Yeast overgrowth. I had ringing in my ears, a very white tongue and a bad case of dandruff. As time went by, I began to use it on just about everywhere including the cat, furniture and my hard wood floors.  The cat licks it up like it is water.  Her coat is extremely shiny and fresh.

Coconut Oil and Room Temperature

Like most things you love, from your childhood security blanket , or your favorite stuff animal or doll,  there are some drawbacks like a rip or tear, a missing ear, nose or other body part, but it is you constant companion.

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Like the security blanket, Coconut Oil does has some drawbacks — Hear that you coconut oil haters?  See Article from USA Today

In my opinion, Coconut Oil can be beneficial but is one big pain—

How To Get It Out Of A Jar? It is either a waxy or a runny mess.

See Why Does Coconut Oil Change Its Forms?

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Coconut Oil Jar

One of the characteristics of coconut oil is its high melting point.  It melts completely when the temperate is about 74 degrees F (24C).  There is nothing unusual about this for butter and other oils do the same thing.  In the refrigerator butter is solid but with exposed to heat it will turn to soft and become a complete liquid once exposed to serious heat.  Coconut Oil does the same.

Butter is a little easier to handle when solid or liquid, but Coconut oil is a real pain either solid or in liquid form,  Solid it is hard as a waxy rock, liquid it is a thin slippery runny mess.  It often drips down the side of the bottle,  and all over everything. When solidified it is very difficult to get it out of the jar let alone measure.  The good thing is that it is rather easy to wash it off or in my case lick off.

When I first took a look at a jar of Coconut Oil, It was before I became hospitalized.  At that time, I put the jar away in the cupboard saying, “Another time “.  “I don’t eat candle wax?” Once my health was stabilized and I was released, I took the jar back out and suddenly realized, Coconut Oil melts.

I did know a little about cooking, but had a lot to learn along the way.  My cooking consisted of hitting the Microwave buttons.

Thank Goodness, I had an understanding neighbor who let me watch. I also started attending my local Farmers Market. The Farmers are great advice givers.

There Is A Solution

You make Coconut Oil Ice Cubes.

Thanks to Kathleen from Yankee Homestead . Did you know you can tame coconut oil? Click the link for a detail instructions with pictures.

Kathleen and others have come up with putting melted coconut oil into  rubber or silicon ice-cube trays or other type of plastic molds.

Things you need

  • Rubber ice cube trays (Silicon)
  • A Crock Pot I don’t use microwave ovens
  • A glass jar that will fit inside a Crock Pot with the Pots lid on used to melt the Coconut Oil
  • A large spoon unless the coconut oil is already melted
  • A Measuring Cup with a non leaky pour spout
  • A bottle of Coconut Oil
  • and a refrigerator/freezer

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Small Coconut Oil Ice Cubes

I buy my coconut oil in large 64 oz plastic bottles and have to transfer the coconut oil into the separate glass jar. I use the low setting on the cock pot and it takes maybe 10 minutes to melt enough to be poured into the molds. Once in the trays or molds, they can be place in the freezer.  Wait over night or for a few hours for the Coconut Oil to return to a sold state.

Once the coconut oil is solid again it can be removed by “popping out” to another jar or plastic bag and stored back in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter if your room is below 74 degrees.

You now have tamed Coconut Oil.

You can use it when you want it and you know exactly how much you’re using. Good Boy!!!

There are a large variety of molds that can be used.  I found trays that are 1 inch squares that make a perfect tablespoon of coconut oil I found my 1st tray at a Flee Market.  You can find many shapes and sizes on Amazon and other sites.

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Coconut Oil Ice Cubes

Can Use Molds for Many Other Things

You can use ice-cube trays for many other things like Tomato Paste, your favorite herbs, or spices

Homemade Candy

  • Ingredients 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2.5 tablespoons un-sweeten cocoa
  • One Almond or Walnut for each candy piece
  • 1/32 Teaspoon of Stevia or for Taste
  • a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt (Optional) for Taste

Directions:

Soften coconut oil in a crock pot (if not already liquid). Mix all ingredients. Put over heat and stir until cocoa and coconut oil are evenly mixed together.  I use a special miniature caste iron skillet made for candy making or butter melting. Put liquid in a candy mold, ice-cube tray or very small plastic container. Freeze. Candy will “pop out.” Note candy will melt as you hold it or at room temperature so EAT FAST.

This note may help you expand the recipe to more than a few pieces.

Note : 8 equal Tablespoons =  1/2 cup, so 4 equal 1/4 cup, and 2 equal 1/8 cup.

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Winter Squash

Can be mixed with winter squash made as if for a soup but frozen into small individual servings. Mix cooked winter squash and beat till smooth.  Take 2 to 4 cups of smooth winter squash and mix with 1/4 cup of the following Pumpkin Pie Spices.  Pour the resulting mixture into small muffin rubber or silicon molds or any other plastic mold and put in freezer.  Once frozen, put in a plastic bag and keep in the freezer until you need one to add to you dish or sauce.  I add mine to a rice dish or to my mashed potatoes or to my morning eggs.  Whatever!! I often also add a frozen Avocado.  That is part of a future hint for there are all sorts of things you can freeze.

AllSpice

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

All spices are from the whole spice and grounded at time of preparation in a coffee grinder

For example, I have found whole allspice it is round and needs a grinder.

I wait until I’m ready to use the spices before grinding that makes them fresher.

2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon (I prefer true Ceylon cinnamon, not cassia)

1 teaspoon Ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground allspice from the whole spice + a pinch of fresh ground pepper corn

1 teaspoon ground Ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

2 pinches ground cardamom

Using Other “One time use” Plastic containers more than once especially as Molds for freezing.

For an Example

Meow Mix Containers

I save and re-use all sorts of small plastic containers.  I find all sorts of second uses for “one time use” plastic bags and containers. I use them and re-use them until they show signs of wear then I recycle. I don’t use them near heat.

I use and re-use containers like from my cat’s food.  I use the small individual butter containers served in restaurants. I use them as molds to make small seed cakes to feed the birds.  I also have a special sauce of winter squash mixed with a homemade pumpkin spice – freeze it in small one size plastic container molds and use as an additive for a food sauce.  It is like a baby pumpkin pie all ready to be warmed and added for taste.

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Till Next Time and more hints.

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